Made From America, Wireless From Italy

Above: Sound mixer Matt Sonnenfeld.

While preparing his audio kit for Great American Country’s new travel show Made From America, produced by The Chapter Media, Matthew Sonnenfeld turned to WisyCom wireless microphones.  WisyCom’s extremely wide band tuning, the equivalent of six blocks, made it possible for Sonnenfeld to travel from coast to coast without having to sacrifice available frequencies or change out wireless blocks.

Sonnenfeld used MCR-42 receivers and MTP40-US transmitters with DPA 4061 lavalier microphones.  “The WisyComs simply sound excellent.  The noise floor is unnoticeable to my ears and together with the DPA 4061’s, I’d be hard pressed to find a wireless unit that sounds better.  They are solidly built and easy to operate,” says Sonnenfeld.

Sonnenfeld mixed the entire show with the Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder. “The reliability of my Sound Devices recorder, along with the wideband tuning of WisyCom, gave me the freedom to travel all over the country, and the confidence to be able to concentrate on getting the best audio possible without having to worry about my wireless,” says Sonnenfeld.


Matt Sonnenfeld and DP Matt Mitchell aboard a lobster fishing boat for Made From America.

Made From America follows entrepreneur Gabe Johnson as he travels around the country finding small businesses that inspire vintage style t-shirts. Gabe’s Horses Cut Shop t-shirts uniquely capture a slice of Americana as he not only creates artwork based on American businesses, but he gives back to the businesses with the sale of each t-shirt. Made From America airs Thursday nights at 9 on Great American Country.

Easter Eden

Just a reminder that Gotham Sound Atlanta's audio eggs-pertience will be available both this Friday (4/2) and Saturday (4/3) during our normal business hours, so drop by or give us a call at (404) 855-2255!

Freqs Out!

Our brand new radio frequency scan repository, online at gothamsound.com/rfdb, is designed to help sound mixers and other technicians find the clearest wireless frequencies wherever they go by providing an easy to navigate archives of scans from all over the world.

The dataset is small right now, but we'll keep collecting and posting. We'd love to add whatever scans you happen to have lying about to the database; instructions on how to submit can be found here.

We're in early days yet, so let us know at [email protected] if you have ideas for features you'd like to see or run into problems.

Please note that these scans only present a snapshot of the radio frequency activity at that moment and should be regarded as guides rather than gospel.

NY Wireless Frequency Warning

If you're shooting night exteriors in the NY area over the next few weeks, be aware your block 22 radio mics might experience intermittent interference.

The Metropolitan Television Alliance, which represents 12 of the major television stations in New York City, is planning to test the signal strength and broadcast coverage of DTV signals originating from atop One World Trade Center.

The MTVA comprises television stations WABC, WNBC, WCBS, WNJU, WNYW, WWOR, WPIX, WPXN, WFUT, WXTV, WNET and WNYE.

The installation of DTV transmitters, antennas and ancillary RF components is set to begin on 1/19/15 with a series of transmission tests to commence approximately six to eight weeks after that.

The initial DTV transmission tests from World Trade Center will take place on UHF TV Channel-32 (578-584 MHz) aka: Lectrosonics BLOCK-22 along with VHF TV Channel-12 (204-210 MHz).

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